| Its privileged geographical position has allowed this
strategically placed small nation to grow into an ever more important crossroad of the
world; since before Columbus discovered America, then for the Spanish Conquistadors and
now as a universally recognized trading and business center.
Panama City has large shopping districts such as the Via España, Central Avenue, etc, where you can find Boutiques, Bazaars, Gift Shops, Jewelry Stores and many modern shopping Malls. The Free Zone, located in Colon, 45 minutes from Panama City by car, is the World's largest free zone and duty free shopping area.